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St. Symphorien Military Cemetery

Royal Couple to Attend Commemorative Ceremony in Belgium

05 May 2014

Buckingham Palace has announced that their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will mark the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War during a commemorative event at the Commonwealth War Grave Commission's St. Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, Belgium on 4 August 2014. The couple will be joined by HRH Prince Harry for the ceremony on August 4 at St. Symphorien military cemetery near Mons, Belgium.

The importance of the occasion is underlined by the fact that Germany and other countries will also be represented at the event.

St. Symphorien cemetery was chosen because it contains a similar number of German and British war dead and is also the final resting place of John Parr and George Ellison, the first and last British soldiers to die on the western front.

Click here to read the full announcement on the British Monarchy's website.